• Scientific Communication & Publishing [paper writing process,Research proposal writing & Data Management Analysis] 14 December 2020

    Proposal Writing

    • Introduction
    • Module Objectives
    • Why a research proposal?
    • What is the reader looking for in your proposal?
    • Developing the Structure of a research proposal
    • Presentation Style
    • Final Product
    • Main Reasons Why Proposals Get Rejected

    Thesis Defense

    • Introduction
    • Module Objectives
    • The Purpose of an Oral Examination
    • General Steps during an Oral Examination
    • Questions Commonly Asked During an OralExamination
    • Tips to Make an Oral Examination a Success


    Publishing and Open Access

    • Understanding the  academic publishing industry
    •  Understanding the importance  of Open Access in publishing
    • Using pre-print repository services-AfricArxiv


    • Understanding the Science of Citation Practice
    • Understanding the use of H Index
    • Understanding How Impact Factor  works
    •  Visibility  of research using ResearchGate,ORCID & Publons.

    Process of Writing an Academic Paper

    • What  are non-primary publications
    • Some major types of non-primary publications
    • What are primary publications
    • The structure of a primary scientific article
    • How to compose – The Title
    • The delicate art of deciding about Authorship
    • How to write – Addresses,  The Abstract?,  The Introduction,  The material & methods, Results, Discussion, Other  Parts: acknowledgements, & appendices, etc.
    • How to cite & compile – References
    • The  writing process : how to write the first version?, Preparing the final version, How to submit a paper?

    Scientific editing process

    • How to interact with editor
    • How to write Revisions
    • What happens with the MS after acceptance?
    • Technical editing
    • Proofreading
    • What to do with a  published paper
    • How to write Conference proceedings paper, Review article, Book chapter

    The Journal Selection Process

    • How to decide where to send a MS for publication
    • How to select a journal for your publication

    Data Management and Analysis

      • The theory and practice of presenting data in graphical form
      • The basic principles of economy, clarity, and integrity
      • Old types of graphs to avoid, new graph types: dot plot, scatterplot matrix, conditional plot
      • How to design effective graphs


    • How  to use R Statistical software graphical analysis and presentation
    • How  to use SPSS Statistical software graphical analysis and presentation
    • How  to use  STATA Statistical software graphical analysis and presentation
  • Grants Writing For Science Journalists 02 June 2020

    This online workshop is designed to equip African reporters with the skills to:

    *Identify and write funding proposals for their journalism projects as freelancers or as staff reporters.

    *Read and understand calls for funding and grants, and respond to the calls appropriately.

    Craft and design projects that are worth funding

    *Marshal reliable data and statistics to support the application.

    *Sharpen the grammar and wordings that can hook the funders.

    *Master the proposal formats used agencies that fund journalism assignments.

    The workshop has exercises designed to strengthen participants’ mastery of writing proposals that get funded. It is best suited for editors, journalists and freelance writers with little or no grant writing experience.

    Takeaways after the session

    At the end Participants will:

    *Get a copy of a guideline on how to answer portions of an actual grant proposal.

    *Be part of a newsletter where we will send them grant funding opportunities from time to time





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